As first reported by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Luka Doncic has been officially listed as “Questionable” for Sunday afternoon’s Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Doncic, who has had a recent history of ankle issues, turned his left ankle in the third quarter of the Maverick’s Game 3 playoff loss.
Though Doncic said post-game that the injury was, “Not that bad”, he had noticeable trouble putting any weight on the leg. Results from today’s scheduled MRI have not been made known.
With an afternoon game on the way, the timing of such an injury is troubling, with the Mavericks trying to even the series. While they’ve had a burst of energy from bench guards Trey Burke and Seth Curry, Doncic is without a doubt the most important piece in the Mavericks playoff puzzle.
Averaging 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, Doncic has had a dramatic start to his first NBA postseason appearance. Battling turnovers in Game 1 (while putting on a scoring show), foul trouble in Game 2, then an injury in the third, the Mavericks have had to be awfully adaptable in their return to the playoffs in four seasons.
With daily updates to a team’s injury report, this story is continually developing until tip off, set for Sunday at 2:30 CT.
UPDATE 8/22 2:32 PM CDT: Rick Carlisle says during media availability that he believes Luka Doncic will likely be a game-time decision. The Mavericks have still not received the results of his MRI after a malfunction with the machine. Doncic did not participate in any on-court activities during Saturday's practice.